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Top 7 Ways to Learn Web Design Online

Top 7 Ways to Learn Web Design Online

Online learning is in trend these days. Most of the courses that you need to study today are available on the internet, and quite a good number of them are free. Web designing, being related to the web developers, is something that you can find more easily and in a variety of ways to learn.

For all you aspiring web developers, we are listing the Top 7 Ways to Learn Web Designing Online, that will help you learn the right skills to enhance your knowledge in web designing.

1. YouTube

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    The best thing about taking the help of YouTube is that you are already familiar with it. There are numerous tutorials available on the web, and these tutorials are recorded by the best of professionals to the newest of learners.  You can start learning any language or program that you wish to and at any time.

    Unlike a regular school course, you can view the tutorials by anyone around the world. Like, the YouTube lectures provided by web designers in Kansas City could be easily accessed by someone trying to study in New Delhi, and if it isn’t to their liking they can choose another YouTube channel from a variety of lecture providers.

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    2. Coursera

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      Coursera has video lectures on a variety of topics. These lectures are delivered by total professionals and are paid. Coursera, unlike YouTube, provides with the certification of the course completed.

      You can choose a course which fits your timings and status of your current learning. You can start from beginner to advanced level based on your choice.

      3. eBooks

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        Having a physical book and reading, and coding with it whole day can be tricky. Using an eBook and coding with it side by side is a good way to learn. Also, you can find the eBooks on various websites for even free.

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        eBooks can be carried and read anywhere which lets you keep learning on the go. eBooks can be some published ones or just class notes of a student. You can read one of your liking’s and gather the skills of web designing.

        4. Blogs

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          Apart from eBooks, you can find some blogs, the sole purpose of which is web designing. You can get valuable tips as to how to begin or where to go next.

          These blogs are mostly written by the people who themselves have been a part of a web development program. You can use the experience of these people for your good. These blogs can also direct you to various secondary sources to join a course or download an ebook. They can serve as an excellent reference.

          5. Solo Learn

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            Having the knowledge of coding can help web designers to enhance their work. An experience with CSS and HTML can turn out to be handy and the award-winning website, solo learn can serve you that. This award-winning website is free and one of the best when it comes to coding.

            Although coding isn’t necessary for web designers, it surely can help. Knowing how to code, helps the web designers to put a feature that would be possible, and maybe easier for the coder when it would come to constraints.

            6. WebPlatform

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              This organization is an open community of web developers that allow you to learn web development and designing as a beginner. The sources to study are user provided to them, and they are compiled in a way, that it is easy to find the topic that you wish to.

              This project is supported by the likes of Google, Facebook, and Adobe, and has started to make its mark in the web learning community. The main aim of webplatform.org is to bring the distributed contents all over the web at one place to make it easy for the access of that data for the people who need it.

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              7. Quora

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                Quora has various communities to answer different questions. When you start learning web designing, it is very unlikely that you will just blaze through whatever you learn.

                You will have questions as to what or how could something be done during designing and that is when Quora could come to your rescue. You can put questions on this website and will surely get a helpful answer. You can even ask for suggestions to people if you feel stuck anytime between your learning.

                One more website, Yahoo Answers, is worth mentioning here. It is also an answering community and one of the oldest in the web. Having this along with Quora and posting your doubts on each website will get you the variety of answers and suggestions which can turn out to be helpful for you.

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                The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

                The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

                What happens in our heads when we set goals?

                Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

                Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

                According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

                Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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                Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

                Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

                The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

                Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

                So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

                Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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                One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

                Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

                Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

                The Neurology of Ownership

                Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

                In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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                But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

                This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

                Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

                The Upshot for Goal-Setters

                So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

                On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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                It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

                On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

                But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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